Hoeneß trial: court prepares for rush

Bayern President Uli Hoeneß will have to answer for tax evasion before the Munich II district court from this Monday. With accounts in Switzerland, the 62-year-old is said to have evaded taxes in the millions. The key question of the procedure is whether the judges of the Chamber of Commerce fully or at least partially recognize his voluntary disclosure from the beginning of 2013. Not only are many journalists expected on the four days of the negotiations, but also a rush of onlookers and football fans.

Many onlookers expected

49 of the 100 seats in the courtroom are reserved for the media. The first day of the trial against the prominent tax evader, on which three of the four witnesses are summoned, should also attract many onlookers.

In any case, the court has prepared for an onslaught. “I cannot rule out that 100 will come, but it can also be 500 or 5000,” said the President of the Munich II Regional Court, Christian Schmidt-Sommerfeld. According to the police, there was no evidence of a planned riot. 22 judicial officers will ensure security in the building, and up to 150 police officers will be on duty.

Four days of the trial are scheduled, the verdict is expected to fall on Thursday.